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Week in Review

Friday, February 9 2018
02 · 09

Last call for tickets to the 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival

We have been busy out of the gate in 2018 focusing on Spain and Portugal, the two theme countries of the 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 24-March 8. We have posted several stories on Iberian wines at Gismondi on Wine including this week’s piece on Ribera del Duero to get you up to speed for the big wine bash. Tickets are disappearing fast so now is the time to get serious about attending if you want to be a part of this year’s festivities. We'll see you there. We have also released dozens of Tasting Notes already in 2018 and we continue to do so everyday on GOW.

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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Grapes : Tempranillo

Grapes : Tempranillo

Tempranillo runs as prolific as the bulls in Spain. The dark blue-black grape is as ancient as winemaking in Iberia, dating back to the Phoenicians. The name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano, early, and refers to the grape’s early ripening and early harvest. This short growing season is what allows it to survive and thrive in the harsh continental climatic conditions across central and northern Spain and throughout Portugal. Today there are dozens of names for this deep coloured grape, including aragonês, cencibel, tinta fina, tinta roriz, tinto de toro and ull de llebre...
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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top 10 : Spanish Reds

Top 10 : Spanish Reds

Spain and Portugal pack a powerful punch right to the wallet. That is, they consistantly provide exemplary value for money spent. We've been tasting many Spanish and Portuguese wines in advance of this month's Vancouver International Wine Festival, and have been reminded again of their quality, and exceptional value. This week we're bringing you our Top 10 Spanish Reds, and next week we'll send out our Top 10 Portuguese Reds, giving you 20 serious red wines for drinking now, and after a few years in the cellar.  This week our list is filled with authentic garnacha, potent tempranillo, graceful graciano, plus jovial bobal, muscular mencia, characterful carignan - plus a host of international varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah that have found a forever home in Spain...
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Allison Spurrell
Cheese Pleaseby: Allison Spurrell
Raclette

Raclette

In deepest, darkest winter it is the perfect time to stay home and have a relaxed raclette dinner. Plan a get together with friends and everyone can help themselves. There’s not too much work for you to do and not too much preparation, which sounds pretty great for a rainy Vancouver evening. Raclette is a very social meal, and for many of us it is not something we’ve done often, if ever. Raclette is actually the cheese name as well as the name of the dish. The word Raclette comes from the French word “racler”, to scrape...
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